Berklee students create song for peace
Members of Boston’s music college collaborate with Carter Center’s Human Rights Program to produce campaign song ‘Love Is The Answer’
Berklee College of Music faculty students and alumni have collaborated with the Carter Center’s Human Rights Program to produce a song, Love Is The Answer, written by Florida-based artist Breeze The Voice. The video for the song premiered at this week’s Carter Center’s 2016 Human Rights Defender’s Forum in Atlanta and serves as the centerpiece of a social media campaign promoting the event’s central themes of peace, unlearning violence and nonviolent approaches to security.
Alumna Karin Ryan conceived the project while a student and set it in motion after a meeting with President Carter along with Berklee’s president, faculty and students in 2014. “Promoting human rights comes down to creative storytelling. I wanted to make better use of the arts in telling the story of the human rights struggle,” says Ryan, who attended Berklee during a leave from the Carter Center where she has worked for 25 years.
Ryan’s former teacher, Michael Farquharson led the on-campus recording and production, played bass on the song and wrote the strings orchestration, which was performed by the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. The song features its songwriter Breeze, with Rotana on lead vocals, alumnus Pat Simard on drums and the Berklee Gospel Choir on backing vocals.
“The song relates to every issue, from marriage to worldwide problems,” explains Farquharson. “It applies to the subject and the topic of Carter’s speech profoundly. Love is the answer is the solution to pretty much everything.”